French consulate in Jeddah attacked by Saudi citizen, guard injured


Police in Saudi Arabia say they have arrested one of its citizens after he attacked the French consulate in Jeddah by injuring the guard with a knife. The Saudi nation is believed to be in his 40s, while the guard has been rushed to a hospital, where his life is said be out of danger.

A statement by the French embassy said that it condemned the attack ‘against a diplomatic outpost which nothing could justify.’ The French government has issued a statement asking its diplomatic staff to remain vigilant.

The attack on a French diplomatic mission in Saudi Arabia came on the day, an assailant killed three people including a woman in France. The attack inside a church in the French city of Nice on Thursday left three killed. The mayor of Nice said that the developments surrounding the stabbing pointed towards terrorism.

The prime suspect in the stabbing attack is believed to have been detained. France’s anti-terror prosecutors have launched a murder inquiry. Estrosi told reporters, “The suspected knife attacker was shot by police while being detained, he is on his way to hospital, he is alive.”

The attacker was believed to have been acting alone.

The news of the attack arrived when the country’s lawmakers were debating the new nationwide lockdown to fight coronavirus. While French Prime Minister Jean Castex appealed for unity and cohesion, the parliament suspended the debate on coronavirus by observing one-minute silence.